I hope that the Richmond City Council will be inspired by this edition of the “Tiller” to pass a resolution calling for Venture Richmond to fully protect the canal when building an amphitheater on the site adjacent to where the Council spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect the canal when building the 2nd Street Connector. Link
For nearly two hours Monday night, Richmond’s City Council wrestled with a request pushed by the council president to reverse a decision by the city’s Commission of Architectural Review related to vinyl windows. Ultimately, the council decided to punt. Link
Council chambers were packed from floor to the back door Monday night.
A crowd so big expressed sentiments just as large about their historic community pains, in this case, window panes specifically. Link
…Venture Richmond’s proposed plan to slice off 5-6 feet from the top of the south bank of the canal would definitely damage the integrity of the canal by slicing into the important clay liner of the canal. Link
In exchange for its sponsorship money, Bon Secours is getting a 60-year lease, for $5,000 a year, on about 4 acres of the Westhampton School property at Libbie and Patterson avenues so it can build a $24 million, 75,000-square-foot expansion of St. Mary’s Hospital. Critics say the lease is too long and too sweet, but City Council has endorsed the deal. Now, Westhampton-area civic groups are calling for the preservation of the school.
Ben Howerton, chair of the board of the First Freedom Center, thanks Apple REIT, Knight and Mayor Dwight Jones, “who assisted us with all the maneuvers — not maneuvers,” he corrects himself, as the crowd laughs merrily — “all of the activities associated with the clearance of this property for construction purposes.”